Tom Jones to wrap up Israel’s ‘summer of nostalgia’

73-year-old Welsh-born singer to play in Tel Aviv October 26

Tom Jones performs at the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Concert in London last year (image capture: YouTube)
Tom Jones performs at the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Concert in London last year (image capture: YouTube)

After hosting international stars like Barbra Streisand, Cliff Richard and the Pet Shop Boys, Israel will end its “summer of nostalgia” with a performance by ’70s heartthrob Tom Jones.

The Welsh “Sex Bomb” will be performing in Tel Aviv’s Nokia Arena on October 26.

Jones, 73, will play hits like “It’s Not Unusual,” “Delilah,” “Love Me Tonight,” “What’s New Pussycat” and “Kiss” with a seven-strong band.

Sir Tom is one of the most successful singers of his generation, with 36 Top 40 hits in the UK and over 100 million records sold. A miner’s son with a powerful baritone, he’s also managed to reinvent himself several times over, hooking up with rising younger artists over the years including Prince and Wyclef Jean, sang on “House” TV star’s Hugh Laurie’s first “Let Them Talk” album, and performed at last year’s diamond jubilee concert for Queen Elizabeth II.

Tickets to the concert will range from NIS 250 ($70) to NIS 1,800 ($500).

Other big names to perform in Israel this summer include Alicia Keys and Rihanna.

One notable cancelation was announced last week: former lead singer of ’60s British band The Animals, Eric Burdon. Burdon cancelled an August 1 concert in Israel, because he had been receiving daily threatening emails, his manager said on Tuesday.

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